Is it harmful to eat marijuana flowers? A friend told me it is important to make marijuana butter, oil, or other infusions from cannabis because eating the marijuana plant can be harmful. But then I found another article that makes capsules from ground up decarboxylated flowers. I am so confused! Which is right?
This is excellent example of how friends' advice about cannabis is often akin to to the advice you got back in high school about sex from your friends. In other words, not at all useful or accurate.
That said, you’re not alone if you are confused. There is A LOT of inaccurate and conflicting information out there for sure. Even from a lot of the people holding themselves up as experts. This is one of the biggest reasons I do these videos and why I created my online courses.
Can you eat marijuana buds?
Eating the cannabis plant itself, whether decarboxylated or in its raw nonpsychoactive state, is not harmful, so that part of the information you got is far off the mark.
That said, some people do find the plant material difficult to digest, and some report mild stomach upset or distress. These folks may find they also have trouble with other high fiber vegetables besides just cannabis.
But most people have no such issues.
If you have tried eating or cooking with straight flowers minus the infusion and are happy with the results, you’re fine. Otherwise, you will likely have better luck with an infusion.
But eating the cannabis plant, in and of itself, is not harmful.